Legendary Spalding Professor of Chemistry Herb Sipe has been shaping the landscape of student research and experiential learning at Hampden-Sydney for more than 50 years. In 2018, to commemorate Dr. Sipe’s 50 th year on the Hill, the H-SC faculty launched an endowment campaign to fund annual student summer research in his name.
Now, the College is excited to announce the inaugural recipients of the Sipe Summer Research Fellowship— Heath Rozier ’22 and Connor Eickelman ’24.
“Dr. Sipe was really ahead of his time in championing student research, and time has proven him right,” says Director of Undergraduate Research Mike Wolyniak. While it is now commonplace that students across all disciplines should and do conduct research during their undergraduate training, it is only within the last 20 to 25 years that that has become the standard. Dr. Wolyniak adds that “when Dr. Sipe began teaching, it was believed that undergraduate students didn’t belong in the lab because they needed more training in the classroom.”